Tabar says his department should not be blamed

The National, Tuesday July 12th, 2016

MINISTER for Higher Education Research Science and Technology Malakai Tabar has called on parents not to blame his department for the termination of the academic year at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG).
He described the decision by the UPNG senate as “fair”.
“Parents, please do not blame the Department of Higher Education Science Research and Technology,” he said in a statement.
“Eight weeks without any formal lecture means that there was no contact between students and lecturers.
“This also means that the students did not learn anything during the eight weeks and cannot be graded.
“It was fair for the university to make the decision to terminate the academic year.”
Tabar said some students at UPNG had explosives, firearms, bush knives and axes in the dormitories, which threaten state properties.
“Those people who have called those of us from the department “narrow minded” should weigh this issue out before branding us.
“The university is not a place for playing politics. Those students who want to play politics – you now have the time to do that outside of the campus,” he said.
“You can also play politics in the elections next year so that those students who are keen on achieving their bachelor degree can be at peace next year in a more conducive learning environment,” he said.
“It is important to note that the trauma and the disturbance faced by students and staff on campus during the unrest made it difficult to pull through.
“The university’s governing body stands to qualify any programme of learning and teaching in the university.